NAMM 2011 - Pioneer Announces Media Controllers for Serato (DDJ-S1) and Traktor (DDJ-T1) - DJBooth

NAMM 2011 - Pioneer Announces Media Controllers for Serato (DDJ-S1) and Traktor (DDJ-T1)

NAMM 2011 is upon us and so is all the cool gear that gets introduced when a new show is in play. Pioneer hasn't wasted any time dropping the first really big bomb of the show. Introducing the Pioneer Media Controllers; the DDJ-T1 for Traktor users and the DDJ-S1 for the Serato users. These aren't just the same controller re-branded for different software, but rather very different controllers which are individualized in order to suit the two top DJ software applications in the business. More details and pricing inside.
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NAMM 2011 is upon us and so is all the cool gear that gets introduced when a new show is in play. Pioneer hasn't wasted any time dropping the first really big bomb of the show. Introducing the Pioneer Media Controllers; the DDJ-T1 for Traktor users and the DDJ-S1 for the Serato users. These aren't just the same controller re-branded for different software, but rather very different controllers which are individualized in order to suit the two top DJ software applications in the business. The Pioneer DDJ-S1 Serato controller is a 2-deck controller which seems to have an emphasis on cue points and loops, while the Pioneer DDJ-T1 Traktor controller is a 4-deck controller which seems to have an emphasis on effects and samples. The DDJ-S1 also has more input options and MIC functions than the DDJ-T1. The price difference is somewhat eye-opening, as the DDJ-T1 will debut at $1299, while the DDJ-S1 will come in at $1599. We can speculate a whole bunch on why the prices are the way they seem, but until we get our hands on them for full reviews...we will just have to wait and see. We will Definitely get these as soon as they are available, so keep it locked for more! Check out the full press release below.

DDJ-S1 (Pioneer Serato 2-deck Media Controller)

PIONEER DELIVERS NEW CONTROLLER DESIGNED FOR SERATO

Turnkey Solution Offers Software and Hardware Integration

for DJs Mixing Beats with Serato ITCH DJ Software

LONG BEACH, Calif. – (January 11, 2011) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s Professional Sound and Visual Division today announced its DDJ-S1 DJ controller specifically designed for use with the popular Serato® ITCH™ DJ software. The DDJ-S1 controller is designed for the next generation of DJ entertainers who leverage digital music files at home or on the go. DDJ-S1 features the same operability and functionality of a professional player and mixer setup in addition to exceptional audio quality.

“Use of the laptop computers for DJ performances continues to be prevalent and the demand for quality controllers combined with an instinctual software interface is growing,” said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The DDJ-S1 paired with Serato ITCH DJ software fully maximizes the ‘Pioneer DJ experience’, giving users of our products the necessary tools to create the best performance possible.”

The DDJ-S1 allows for easy transfer of music from the user’s laptop with a USB connection for simplicity and quick “plug-and-play” capability. For additional convenience, the controller also comes with a space saving computer dock that allows a laptop’s keyboard to slip directly under the controller, enabling its monitor to be closer to the DJ to provide fast visuals of song information while mixing. The device adopts Pioneer’s “P-LOCK Fader Cap,” designed to prevent the fader caps from slipping.

Key Features Include:

• Plug-and-play USB Connectivity – All buttons and knobs have been pre-assigned, so users can quickly connect the controller to their laptops with the use of a USB cable, enabling them to start their performances without having to adjust any complicated settings. Additionally, the DDJ-S1 can be powered through the laptop’s USB port.*1

• Multiple Input and Output Options - The controller is equipped with various inputs and outputs including a balanced XLR output and 2 Microphone inputs (XLR, 1/4 inch PHONE) for connection to professional PA equipment.*2

• Designed Specifically for Serato ITCH DJ Software with Advanced Pioneer Functionality – The DDJ-S1 offers tight integration with Serato ITCH DJ software and is loaded with original functionality. Unique features include song progression status on a LED display; an alphabetic search function for quick song selection from large music collections; and a slip mode for looping, reversing, and scratching without changing the song tempo. The DDJ-S1 also includes needle search functionality to quickly skip through songs to a preferred playback point.

• Specially Designed User Interface – The controller layout and Serato ITCH software interface are the same, ensuring ease-of-use and precise control. The DDJ-S1 is modeled after the established design of the professional Pioneer DJ player and mixer and integrates centrally placed level meters and an effect control area, so DJs can add Serato ITCH DJ FX to the mix.

• Highest-Quality Sound – The controller is optimized for Serato ITCH DJ software and incorporates technology from Pioneer’s professional line of DJ equipment to ensure the highest quality sound output.

• Additional Features include:

1. Proprietary lock mechanism called the P-LOCK Fader Cap designed to prevent fader caps from slipping. *3

2. Premiere built-in sound card.

3. Both microphone inputs are equipped with a talk-over function to lower the music volume when receiving voice input from the microphone.

The Pioneer DDJ-S1 will be available in March 2011 with a suggested retail price of $1599.

DDJ-T1 (Pioneer Traktor 4-deck Media Controller)

MIX DIGITAL BEATS LIKE A PRO WITH PIONEER’S NEW DJ CONTROLLER

Turnkey Control Solution Includes DDJ-T1 Edition of Native Instrument’s TRAKTOR DJ Software

LONG BEACH, Calif. – (January 11, 2011) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s Professional Sound and Visual Division today unveiled its DDJ-T1, an intuitive DJ controller dedicated for use with Native Instrument’s popular TRAKTOR DJ software. The DDJ-T1 controller is designed for the next generation of home and casual DJs who leverage digital music files everywhere they go. Combined with a computer and the included TRAKTOR Pioneer DDJ-T1 Edition DJ software, the controller offers DJs of all levels the same operability and functionality of a professional player and mixer setup along with excellent audio quality.

“We wanted to create a solution for DJs who love the look and feel of our professional rig but who need a ‘plug-and-play’ solution for their electronic beats,” said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The DDJ-T1 controller and TRAKTOR software have an integrated, sleek design and several unique features that allow DJs to create top-notch performances while connected to a computer.”

The DDJ-T1 easily connects with a user’s laptop via USB for quick “plug-and-play” capability. For further convenience, the controller also comes with a computer dock that allows a laptop’s keyboard to slip directly under the controller, bringing the monitor closer to the DJ, providing fast visuals of song information while mixing. The device adopts Pioneer’s “P-LOCK Fader Cap,” designed to prevent the fader caps from slipping.

Key Features Include:

• Plug-and-Play USB Connectivity – All buttons and knobs have been pre-assigned, so users can quickly connect the controller to their laptops by USB cable and start their performances without having to adjust any complicated settings. Additionally, the DDJ-T1 can be powered through the laptop’s USB port.*1

• Included TRAKTOR DJ Software – Includes Pioneer DDJ-T1 Edition TRAKTOR DJ software. This popular software is loaded with original functionality, including four-channel deck control and a channel fader start function, which makes it easier for DJs to create exact cue starts. *2

• Specially Designed User Interface – The controller layout and TRAKTOR software interface are identical, ensuring ease-of-use and precise control. The DDJ-T1 is modeled after the proven design of the professional Pioneer DJ player and mixer and integrates 115mm jog dials, accurate search functionality to quickly find playback points, a load button for song data and a master synch button for beat matching across four channels.

• Highest-Quality Sound – The controller is optimized for the TRAKTOR DJ software and incorporates technology from Pioneer’s professional line of DJ equipment to ensure the highest quality sound output that DJs have come to expect from Pioneer products.

Additional Features include:

? Proprietary lock mechanism called the P-LOCK Fader Cap designed to prevent fader caps from slipping. *3

? Premiere built-in sound card.

The Pioneer DDJ-T1 will be available in February 2011 with a suggested retail price of $1299.

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